Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory Review

When I think of diners, I think of New Jersey, where I grew up with them, and excess. Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory in Jersey City is no exception. The menu is loaded with options, including all the usual diner menu suspects — breakfast food, chicken in a basket, burgers. There's something to satisfy everyone.

The California omelet stuffed with avocado, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and cheddar cheese and served with home fries. Not quite enough grease in those home fries, but I like to see an omelet filled with ingredients so you'll never get a bite with just the eggs.

Breakfast for dinner — there's an undeniable pleasure in going against the norm. The pancake combo hits it all with eggs, bacon and sausage. The pancakes were buttery and fluffy with just that hint of crispiness on the edges and most importantly, delicious.

As a kid, I used to love pizza burgers, so this was an order of nostalgia with a slight modification (a turkey burger rather than beef). It was pretty simple —after all, it is just mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce — but satisfying. 

One of my dining companions never misses a chance to order "Thanksgiving Dinner" — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. It also came with a choice of soup or salad and pasta, rice, potato or vegetable. Ordering this took almost as long as it did to eat it! 

The one non-diner-like thing about Brownstone (which has been featured on the Food Network) was the friendly service. A manager even came around to ask how everything was. I can't help but expect a little gruffness with a diner meal. But. Brownstone manages to live up to the best of diner expectations.

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